The processing has three stages (crush, tear, curl or cut, tear, curl), hence the name 'CTC' tea. The resultant product looks like small pellets of black tea. It produces a very strongly, flavored, quickly infusing tea.
CTC Tea is processed in a way that cuts, twists and curls the leaves into uniformly-sized bits. It is also usually fully oxidized. It steeps up an amber-colored liquid with a rich malty flavor tending toward the bitter side. It is usually drunk with milk and a bit of sugar or other sweetners. MOKALBARI CTC teas are known for their strong liquoring characteristics.
CTC tea is divided in different grades depending on the size of the tea grains that are produced as a result of the CTC process. These different sizes of grains are sorted according to the size and graded.